Best fantasy football strikers in the Premier League 2017-18 season

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With the season well under way, Goal looks at the top striker options, as well as considering a number of potential bargain buys for virtual managers

A new Premier League campaign is under way and that means a fresh slate for all the fantasy football managers out there.

Whether they are fighting to retain a crown, or desperately intent on salvaging some pride after losing to their friends last season, virtual coaches will be looking at every possible way to maximise their points return.

You will be delighted to know that  Goal Fantasy Football is already up and running for the 2017-18 season — and it's free to play. The mobile app can be downloaded through this link  so that you can create and update your squad on the move.

The fantasy football game on the Premier League's official website is also a popular choice for fantasy managers, but whatever you use, we've taken a look at some of the best fantasy football forwards, including some bargains, to help get you points this season!


BEST FANTASY FOOTBALL STRIKERS


Romelu Lukaku Man Utd

The best fantasy football strikers are those who score and it is no surprise that the five most expensive frontmen at the beginning the 2017-18 game were those individuals who hit the back of the net over 20 times last season.

However, strikers who contribute assists as well as goals are also precious commodities in the world of fantasy football, with points awarded to the architects behind the goals.

Note: Some versions of the game define certain attacking players as midfielders instead of forwards. For example, on Goal Fantasy Football, Alexis Sanchez can only be selected as a forward, but on Fantasy Premier League, he can only be selected as a midfielder.

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Harry Kane (Tottenham - £12.7m)

Tottenham's main man for the past three seasons, Harry Kane showed exactly why he is so highly valued last term with a haul of 29 league goals and seven assists, despite suffering an ankle injury mid-way through the campaign. The stats clearly demonstrate that the 23-year-old England international has steadily improved since his breakthrough at White Hart Lane, as he bagged 21 goals in 2014-15 and 25 in 2015-16 before hitting a career high last year. Such consistency means that Kane is considered a must-buy by many Fantasy Football aficionados.

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City - £11.8m)

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero was the second-highest valued striker at the beginning of the game, because he has been the most consistent sharpshooter in the Premier League for the past six seasons. The former Atletico Madrid star has surpassed the 120-goal mark and only twice failed to hit the 20-mark since joining City in 2011. He has been a favourite of fantasy football players for a long time, but, while there can be no doubting the Argentina international's ability to find the net, virtual coaches should pay close attention to Aguero's injuries, given his proneness to sustaining them.

Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United - £11.6m)

Manchester United forked out a titanic £75 million to Everton for Romelu Lukaku and they look to have found a solution to their long-term striker problem. The powerful Belgium international scored 25 goals for an inconsistent Everton side last year, setting up his team-mates on six further occasions. Lukaku is a proven goalscorer, having guaranteed strikes for Anderlecht and West Brom as well as the Toffees, and a lot is expected of him at Old Trafford this season, particularly with Zlatan Ibrahimovic sidelined until 2018.

Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal

Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal - £10.4m)

Arsenal's record signing Alexandre Lacazette arrives to the Premier League with a fearsome reputation for finding the back of the net. The 26-year-old was Lyon's go-to man for goals in the last four seasons and he struck a personal best of 28 goals in 30 Ligue 1 appearances last term. Lacazette's consistency for his former club sees him priced among the elite strikers in the Premier League.

Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City £10.5m)

Twenty-year-old Brazilian Gabriel Jesus is still somewhat of an unknown quantity in the Premier League, but the former Palmieras striker hit the ground running at the Etihad Stadium before having his season curtailed by injury. Jesus scored seven goals in just 10 league appearances for Pep Guardiola's side last year and it looks like he will seriously rival Sergio Aguero as the team's main goal-threat.

Alvaro Morata (Chelsea - £10.3m)

Brought to Stamford Bridge from Real Madrid for a hefty sum of £65m, Alvaro Morata is already playing a key role for Chelsea in the 2017-18 season. The 24-year-old has taken the number 9 jersey and has shown he is well able to serve as the replacement for the outgoing Diego Costa. Morata scored 20 goals for Madrid last season in all competitions, with 15 of those coming in La Liga. As well as playing up front, the former Juventus forward is also capable of carrying out a supporting role and supplied five assists last term.


BEST BARGAIN STRIKERS


Marcus Rashford Man Utd

Each season, one or two strikers shock the league by climbing their way up the scoring charts, leaving more established performers trailing in their wake. Leicester City's Jamie Vardy during the club's remarkable Premier League-winning eason is a classic example, while Jermain Defoe defied expectations last year by scoring 15 times for a Sunderland team that was ultimately relegated.

We've taken a look at some of the players in the Premier League fantasy football who could be considered bargain buys, if you fancy saving money on strikers so that you can divert funds elsewhere.

Tammy Abraham (Swansea - £5.9m)

One of the leading scorers in last season's Championship with a relatively weak Bristol City team, Tammy Abraham signed for Swansea City on loan from Chelsea for the upcoming season.The 19-year-old scored 23 times in 41 league appearances during his time at Ashton Gate and has been playing a leading role with the Swans. 

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Joselu (Newcastle United - £5.5m)

Newcastle have settled back into the Premier League after earning promotion from the Championship, but their main goal-threat last season, Dwight Gayle, has struggled to score. In former Real Madrid starlet Joselu, however, Rafa Benitez has found an alternative and the Spaniard looks much sharper than he did in his previous experience in the league with Stoke City.

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez (West Ham - £6.9m)

West Ham landed a surprise signing ahead of the 2017-18 season with the addition of Javier Hernandez from Bayer Leverkusen. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker is a proven goalscorer and scored 39 goals in all competitions during two terms with the Bundesliga side. Still just 29, 'Chicharito' has plenty to offer for the Hammers and will be determined to show the kind of form that saw him hit double figures in each of his first three years at Man United. At £6.9 million, he represents good business for fantasy football managers.

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United - £7.6m)

England international Marcus Rashford has continued to demonstrate why he is so highly rated at Old Trafford and looks to be flourishing alongside Romelu Lukaku. The 19-year-old's pace and trickery makes him a serious goal-threat, but he also pops up with his fair share of assists throughout the season. If he can carry on improving, there is no reason why he can't hit double figures in the Premier League this season.

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